Central Catholic’s Meo Knight recently was selected to the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association’s 2012 Division 5 All-State team.
Knight, who former Central Catholic volleyball coach Kindra Halverson said was the squad’s go-to hitter not only this year but since the eighth grade, was recognized after a season in which she played both in the front and back rows for the Lady Eagles.
Central Catholic (26-12) advanced to the Division 5 state semifinals this season where it fell to eventual state champion Metairie Park Country Day.
During her junior year, Knight recorded 375 kills, 177 digs, 69 solo blocks, 21 block assists and three assists.
“She’s a leader by her actions, and she put in a lot of hard work over the season,” said Halverson, who resigned following the season citing a desire to move back home to Oregon be closer to family.
Her former coach noted that Knight stood out in the Lady Eagles’ semifinal loss to Country Day this year, which Halverson said had a “huge block” that Knight had to counteract to successfully put down kills.
During the match, Knight recorded 26 kills and an attack percentage of 47.62.
Knight, also a standout basketball player, has drawn attention from college volleyball coaches and club volleyball coaches too, Halverson said.
This is the second postseason honor for Knight, who was named Division 5, District 5 most valuable player this season.
Metairie Park Country Day as well as state runner-up Episcopal School of Acadiana each placed three on the all-state team, while Country Day coach Julie Ibieta was named Division V’s Coach of the Year after leading her squad to its fourth consecutive state title.
Country Day’s player representatives were Katherine Broussard, Tai Bierria and Victoria Waguespack, while Episcopal School of Acadiana’s were Carla Dibbs, Adela Munson and Elasha Williams.
Ascension Episcopal’s Danni Duck also was selected to the squad.
The squad, as well as those from Divisions 1-4, will be honored at a banquet next month in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association 2012 All State Team
Danni Duck, Ascension Episcopal
Meoshonti Knight, Central Catholic
Tai Bierria, Metairie Park Country Day
Katherine Broussard, Metairie Park Country Day
Victoria Waguespack, Metairie Park Country Day
Carla Dibbs, Episcopal School of Acadiana
Adela Munson, ESA
Elasha Williams ESA
Coach of the Year: Julie Ibieta, Metairie Park Country Day